The Limelight Chart – our exclusive chart ranking the top 20 best-selling classical CDs and DVDs according to the monthly sales figures drawn from Australia’s classical specialist stores. Limelight’s specially assembled list is the only chart of its kind in Australia admitting only pure classical releases. We aim to reflect the listening and buying habits of our readers, who are serious about their classical music.

1. Orava Quartet

Deutsche Grammophon 4816874 – New to the limelight chart

Rising star Australian ensemble the Orava Quartet has released their debut album on Deutsche Grammophon in Australia, featuring Tchaikovsky’s First String Quartet, Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet and the two movements of Rachmaninov’s String Quartet – and, as a bonus, Rachmaninov’s Vocalise with special guest Greta Bradman.

Feature: THE ORAVA QUARTET – FOUR’S COMPANY

Buoyed by a residency with the legendary Takács Quartet and now boasting a major record deal, the Orava Quartet is taking the chamber music world by storm.

2. Sally Whitwell

ABC Classics 4816952 – New to The Limelight Chart

3. Cello Napoletano

ABC Classics 4816359 – Featured as Number 5 in March 2018

Cello works from the south turn out to be Neapolitan baroque treat.

4. New Year’s Concert 2018

SONY 88985470582 – New to the Limelight Chart

5. Bach: Cello Suites Volume II

ABC Classics 4816472 – Featured as Number 1 in March 2018

The highly anticipated sequel to Australian guitarist Slava Grigoryan’s wildly successful recording of JS Bach’s Cello Suites, Volume II completes the set with Suites 4, 5 and 6. While Suites 4 and 5 can be played in their original keys on the resonant baritone guitar, Grigoryan returns to the standard classical guitar for the final Suite.

FEATURE: GRIGORYAN’S BACH FOR MORE WITH CELLO SUITES VOLUME II

With his new album on the shelves, the guitarist talks about the peace and purity of Bach – despite some noisy frogs.

6. Clarke’s Classics

ABC Classics 4828548 – Featured as Number 3 in March 2018

ABC Classics has released an album of the beloved satirist’s stint as a guest presenter who brought “balance” to the station.

7. Mozart’s Last Symphonies

ABC CLASSICS 4812880 – Featured as Number 10 in March 2018

8. Dolce Duello

DECCA 4832473 – Featured as Number 11 in March 2018

9. Schubert: Trout Quintet

DG 4797570 – Featured as Number 15 in March 2018

DG’s bigger fish reel in a particularly dramatic Trout.

10. Bach: Cello Suites Volume 1

ABC Classics 4814553 – Featured as Number 4 in March 2018

11. Inspiration

Decca 4832948 – New to the Limelight Chart

12. Brahms: The Piano Trios

SONY 88985407292 – Featured as Number 19 in March 2018

Ma, Ax and Kavakos give exhilarating accounts of old favourites.

13. Songs Without Words

ABC Classics 4815101 – Featured as Number 6 in March 2018

14. Debussy: Works for Solo Piano

Deutsche Grammohpon 4798741 – New to the Limelight Chart

RELATED: BARENBOIM TO BRING THE STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN TO SYDNEY

Barenboim himself has not been seen in Australia since 1970, and this is the first time he has brought his Orchestra here.

15. The Beauty of the Violin

ABC CLASSICS 4816755 – New to the Limelight Chart

16. Handel: Arias

Deutsche Grammophon 4797541 – New to the Limelight Chart

17. Debussy: Works for Solo Piano

Deutsche Grammophon 4798308 – New to the Limelight Chart

18. Eileen Joyce: The Complete Studio Recordings

Eloquence 4826291 – New to the Limelight chart

Currently unavailable on Apple Music.

REISSUES ROUND-UP: OUR VERY OWN DARLING EILEEN

The Tasmanian-born pianist is celebrated with a generous 10-disc box set.

19. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

ABC Classics 4816754 – New to the Limelight chart

20. Cello At The Opera

ABC CLASSICS 4815098 – Featured as Number 20 in March 2018